Johnson to IRS: Stop paying bonuses to tax cheating employees
U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), tax-writing member of the Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement after a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration revealed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) paid out bonuses and provided other rewards to employees with tax problems.
“This is outrageous! As I’ve said before, the IRS is out-of-control and out-of-touch. At a time when the IRS is under investigation for targeting Americans based on their beliefs and recent reports revealed IRS workers engaging in political activities on the job, the agency has the audacity to hand out taxpayer dollars to tax cheating employees. The IRS is essentially telling its employees: break the law and we will reward you. That’s just wrong! I’m working on a bill that will send a clear and strong message to the IRS to stop such abuse of taxpayer dollars, once and for all.”
According to the Inspector General, more than 1,100 employees received cash awards totaling more than $1 million and more than 10,000 hours in extra time off. The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 requires the IRS to fire workers who are tax cheats (e.g. failure to file a tax return). However, according to the Inspector General, the IRS does not, as a practical matter, take into account whether an employee has a tax problem when it comes to providing bonuses and other awards for employees.